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Now, on to your most recent post. Without being able to make any guarantees, I think your chances are excellent. I would just file a small claims case in Justice Court. With your written handbook and evidence showing his resignation date, if I were a betting man so to speak, my money would be on you. In my estimation, it is just a matter of the mechanics, meaning you may not be able to payroll deduct it, but I absolutely think you would be awarded a full measure of damages in a civil suit.
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